People here have no shame in staring you down if you're doing or wearing something weird. They will look at you like you’re crazy if you, heaven forbid, wear a dress when it's 65 degrees. So you can avoid the faux-pauxes I've made, here's what you need to know in order to dress like a Spaniard.
First off, Spanish style is much more monochromatic than the U.S. style. Neon colors are out; neutrals are in. Black and tan are the staples of every wardrobe here. The blander the colors of your wardrobe, the more likely you’ll fit in.
Spanish style is also slightly more sophisticated than in the U.S. People never wear sweatpants or exercise clothing unless they are literally about to exercise. Sweatpants or t-shirts will receive dirty looks from passers-by, so be wary. In addition, shorts are extremely taboo, even if it’s incredibly hot outside. People in Spain will wear jeans or capris no matter how hot it is.
To be a Spaniard, you better throw out those flip-flops and sneakers. Shoes are an essential part to Spanish style. In the summer, Spaniards opt for nice fashion sandals and in the winter, boots are a must. Of course, you can always throw on a pair of heels, which will fit in just fine here.
The final absolute must-have for perfecting the Spanish style is an oversized scarf (whether you’re a guy or a girl). Even though it’s almost 70 degrees here, Spaniards continue to wear their chunky scarves on top of their winter jackets. (Crazy, right?) These scarves come in all sorts of styles and patterns, and can be found in almost every store during the wintertime.